from rap star videos to the covers of almost all magazines, the bikini has become such a commonplace wardrobe item. It is hard to imagine it was once considered the most shocking piece of clothing a woman could wear( outside of the bedroom, of course).
The two-piece swimsuit was developed in France in 1946 when two rival designers- Louis Reard and Jacques Heim – were competing to launch the world’s smallest swimsuit . Heim’s was the suit to hit to the beach, and he named his creation the ‘atome’ (because it was so small) ; but it was Reard’s name that took off: he called it the bikini, after the american atomic bomb testing in the Bikini Atoll, in the pacific.
Reard’s creation caused a similar shockwaves in the fashion world. When the Bikini debuted in Paris in July 1946 , he was unable to find a model – they all refused to wear the “indecent” item. Euentually, Reard had to resort to hiring a stripper , Micheline Bernardini, to show off his swim suit. It took more than a decade before the bikini was considered socially “acceptable” – in 1951, bikinis were banned from the Miss World Contest! – but Hollywood and the world gradually embraced bikini culture.
This cemented the sexy swimsuit’s place in popular culture with movies like AND GOD CREATED WOMAN; BEACH PARTY and HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI . In 2001, the bikini worn by Ursula Andress in early James Bond film Dr No was auctioned off for $61500( ksh 4.4 million). It is funny 70 years later , bikini has become the trend . To become a model one requirement is you have to look good in a bikini same with being featured in most of the celebrated music star videos. But most of our parents still believe that bikini is an indecent dressing. We still have a lot to do to catch up to the fast rising trends in the fashion industry